WNC Headlines Edition

Capitalism Killed the NFL

The game of football, much to my eternal delight, is dying.  For several years now, I’ve been writing about the fact that football, as a professional game, is so exposed, and ...
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Sunday Morning Opera: Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is the day we’ve been waiting for since early May.  In just a few hours the amazing chandeliers will begin their journey upward, as the house lights begin to dim.  The muffled roar of the audience will fairly quickly turn into silence.  Latecomers will run to their seats.  The conductor will step up, to take control.  The National Anthem will be sung. It will begin. For many of us, our hearts are breaking over who won’t be singing this season, or any ot...

Stephen Curry wants to have it both ways

(Paul Mirengoff) Stephen Curry is a superstar with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors. The Warriors received an invitation to the White House, pursuant to the longstanding custom of thus honoring championship sports teams. The Warriors, whose star players and coach are outspoken critics of President Trump, made it known that they were ambivalent at best about visiting the White House. Curr...

The test of a good GOP attack ad: Do the Dems cry “Willie Horton”?

(Paul Mirengoff) This November, Virginia voters will elect a new governor. The Democratic candidate is Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam. The Republican candidate is Ed Gillespie. Northam has been leading in most polls. However, a new survey by Suffolk University finds the candidates tied at 42 percent. Gillespie nearly defeated Sen. John Warner in 2014 despite t...

Chicago’s awesome new soda tax produces predicted results

Last month we looked at the state of the Cook County, Illinois soda tax, passed into law in December of last year. They had barely gotten the sin tax (which affects Chicago primarily) into motion before realizing that ...

Has Free Speech Week at Berkeley been canceled?

The “Free Speech Week” event set to take place at Berkeley starting Sunday has been canceled according to organizers and invited speaker Ann Coulter. However, as of Friday afternoon, Milo Yiannopoulos was still insisting the event was on. First, here’s the cancellation report published early F...

Franco Harris: All American

You might not know about Franco Harris. You might wonder why he’s so unhappy, like many of us are, with the NFL’s anti-American antics lately. But his wonderful heritage tells a lot about why my favorite running back respects America. His dad was an Army soldier. His dad met his mom in Italy during World […] ...

The ridiculous expulsion of Uber from London

In its ongoing battle against the establishment, unions, lobbyists and government cronyism, ride hailing service Uber has faced innumerable challenges, legal battles and attacks. The latest comes to us from across the pond and most of the usual list of suspects are once again involved. In London,...

Some Baltimore teachers finally wise up and take firearms training

Charm City is up to 254 murders this year as of the this morning, though tragically it may be higher by the time you read this considering the way things are going. The new mayor, Catherine Pugh, has actual...

Civil War on the Left, Part 47: Obama, Please Go Away!

(Steven Hayward) We know that black turnout in the last election was down from 2012, when black turnout was actually higher than white turnout. The left screams “GOP vote suppression!,” except that the lower turnout occurred in many instances in cities and states that Democrats control. Maybe the fact that Obama was no longer on the ballot—and Hillary was—might explain why some black voters stayed home (or voted for Trump—he got the highest GOP share of the black vote in ...

Daily Beast: You know who the real hero of Florida after Irma was, right?

Hurricane Irma produced far too many tales of tragedy in Florida (and elsewhere of course) but there were some stories of heroism and success as well. The Daily Beast featured one of the latter this week, ...

Civil War on the Left, Part 47: Obama Please Go Away!

(Steven Hayward) We know that black turnout in the last election was down from 2012, when black turnout was actually higher than white turnout. The left screams “GOP vote suppression!,” except that the lower turnout occurred in many instances in cities and states that Democrats control. Maybe the fact that Obama was no longer on the ballot—and Hillary was—might explain why some black voters stayed home (or voted for Trump—he got the highest GOP share of the black vote in ...

Trump branches out from football, now feuding with Steph Curry and LeBron James too; Update: Trump doubles down

He might as well start some sh*t with Aaron Judge or Adam Jones just so that he has fights going in all three major sports. Take a shot at Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo while he’s at it, make ...

Should NFL Teams Fire Players Who Won’t Stand For the Anthem? [with comment by Paul]

(John Hinderaker) President Trump’s Huntsville, Alabama, speech, which Paul wrote about here, continues to reverberate. One of Trump’s riffs related to the National Football League: When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they are playing our great national anthem – the only thing you could do better is if you see it, even...

Fighting Human Trafficking

Photo Credit: Imagens Evangélicas (CC-By-2.0) It often takes people by su...

Trump branches out from football, now feuding with Steph Curry and LeBron James too

He might as well start some sh*t with Aaron Judge or Adam Jones just so that he has fights going in all three major sports. Take a shot at Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo while he’s at it, make ...

Advancing Iowa’s Renewable Energy Economy

An ethanol plant in West Burlington, Iowa. As I travel throughout the 16 counties of the Third District each month, I get the opportunity to learn firsthand about the new technologies Iowans are using to more efficiently produce biofuels and harness renewable energy to power our state and country. ...

NFL Hates Football Fans; Fire Them All

You can see the battle brewing. It’s coming to a head. And no one is telling you the real reason the NFL is dying before your eyes. Everyone sees the symptoms of football’s death spiral:  empty stadiums. Crashed ratings. low quality. Criminals on the field. Some people call it “the National Felony League.” Frustrated fans […] ...

Should NFL Teams Fire Players Who Won’t Stand For the Anthem?

(John Hinderaker) President Trump’s Huntsville, Alabama, speech, which Paul wrote about here, continues to reverberate. One of Trump’s riffs related to the National Football League: When people like yourselves turn on television and you see those people taking the knee when they are playing our great national anthem – the only thing you could do better is if you see it, even...

21 states who weren’t hacked notified of election hacking

Out of fifty states in the nation, nearly half of them (21) were notified this week about hacking attempts which allegedly took place in the run-up to the 2016 election. It makes for some delicious looking headlines, but the substance of the story doesn’t quite merit all the hyperbole, at least from we...